Recently I have been spending less and less time on Lomography and taking photos in general. I am scared I have lost my mojo and I think I know why that might be. I am point my finger at one person and that person is . . . . Diana.
I have owned a Diana for quite a while and last year decided to upgrade to the super sleek Black Jack model. I hadn’t used 120 film for a while so before I relied on it on a holiday to New York I shot a practice roll round Bradford just to make sure I still knew how to use it.
So while the photos didn’t blow me away (not many of my rolls usually do in their entirety) I was happy enough with the results and knew that I would be ok using the camera in America. Plus I had a number of accessories to try out such as the Wide angle lens. Whilst in New York I only took the Diana out 2 days of the 7 but the shots I got on it on those days are some of the favourite ones I took out there.
I also picked up the telephoto lens while I was there in a store sale. I couldn’t get over how well the shots had come out and I fell in love with my Diana all over again. When the Meg edition was on sale I decided to get it with my piggies as I wanted the ringflash anyway and I love the peppermint filter. Plus I figured it couldn’t hurt to have 2 of these babies since I was so in love with it. And here was when I first ran into trouble.
I understand that many of these shots are underexposed as the light wasn’t bright enough but that second one there, where it looks all red was taken in glorious sunshine in the middle of the day – you can even see there is not a cloud in the sky! So why the hell is it underexposed?? This was the start of the end for me and Di and I don’t know how to make it better. Since London in October 2011 I have shot 4 rolls over both the Diana Black Jack and the Diana Meg ed. and some rolls have not come out. At. All. In Manchester last month I used an 800 iso film, set it to cloudy and there was a bit of light and reflection off the snow and not a single shot has survived. How the hell can this have happened??? So I got no shots at all of the Manchester meet up and barely any of my holiday in Barcelona and I have no idea what to put this down to. I have checked both cameras with no film and the shutter and aperture seem ok. I am really gutted about this and it has led me to feel disillusioned and unmotivated with the entire of Lomography (daft I know but I can’t help how I feel).
I am now on a self-imposed camera ban until I can get this situation under control – that means only shooting 120 with these 2 bad boys until I sort this problem out. I would love it if anyone in the community can give me any hints or tips for this as it is honestly making me miserable!!!!